A Jeep’s four-wheel drive offers versatility and freedom to drive where most cars should not be driven. However, you will need the appropriate tires and wheels to tackle challenging conditions both on and off the road. Here is what you need to know when choosing the best tires and wheels for your Jeep:
Know Your Vehicle: You will definitely need four-wheel drive wheels, or (4WD wheels), but not all Jeep wheels and tires will fit every Jeep. For instance, if you have a Jeep Wrangler, you should just be looking at wheels for Jeep Wranglers and not at wheels for Jeep Cherokees. Other factors such as the suspension of your vehicle should also be considered.
Know Your Purpose: Are you mostly a city driver, or are you planning to drive through thick mud? Knowing how you’ll use your tires can help you choose the best type for your needs. If you are doing a bit of both, you can also choose all-terrain, or AT tires. While the AT option is tempting, keep in mind that you want to choose the best tires to fit your interests. Street tires are ideal for the street and mudder tires are ideal for a more diverse terrain, so if you mostly drive one more than the other, you should let majority rule.
Combine with Care: The tires and wheels should match in size according to the recommended guidelines. Each tire has a given wheel, or rim, diameter, but there is some variation when it comes to width. You should stay within the width guidelines provided by the manufacturer to avoid early wear and poor handling, but you do have some flexibility. A recent trend towards larger rims has also been praised because the larger rims tend to provide more control.
Choosing your ideal tires shouldn’t be hard. If you are new to Jeeps, you can always follow manufacturer guidelines for your vehicle, and if need be, ask for a bit of help online or at the store.